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Kim Muir Handicap Chase Preview - Cheltenham Festival

Published on: 14/03/2019

Kim Muir Handicap Chase Preview - Cheltenham Festival

March 15, 2018 17:30pm - Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival

Distance: 3m 2f

Runners: 23

Winner: £41,510.00 2nd: £13,034.00 3rd: £6,517.00 4th: £3,255.00 5th: £1,631.00 6th: £819.00 7th: £413.00 8th: £196.00

Going: Good to soft (soft in places)

The final race on Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival tests Amateur Riders over a distance of three miles and two furlongs. This race is suited to experienced amateurs as demonstrated by Jamie Codd`s four previous victories in this renewal.

Last year, the Warren Greatrex-trained Missed Approach saw off the challenge of hotly tipped Irish raiders Mall Dini and Squouateur to bag the win for jockey Noel McParlan.

The Young Master bounced back from a dip in form with a win at Chepstow and followed that up with another here at Cheltenham back in November. He subsequently pulled up in his last chase at Newbury, but looks ready to bounce back again with part-owner Sam Waley-Cohen on board.

The Gordon Elliott-trained Measureofmydreams should head off as favourite. He failed to progress after a super showing in the National Hunt Chase in 2016 in which he finished third to Minella Rocco and was then side-lined with injury for the best part of two years. He returned with a respectable third at Fairyhouse last month and heads off on a temptingly low mark.

Livelovelaugh carries top weight as well as the hopes of father/son duo Willie and Patrick Mullins under his saddle. He finished second at Leopardstown last time out following a couple of disappointing efforts and should relish the longer trip. The combination of horse, stable and jockey cannot be ignored and with prices as high as 22/1 available, he is the each-way pick for this race.

Kim Muir Handicap Chase Winners - past five years:

2014: Spring Heeled (7) - Robbie McNamara (Jim Culloty)

2015: The Package (12) - Jamie Codd (David Pipe)

2016: Cause of Causes (8) - Jamie Codd (Gordon Elliott)

2017: Domesday Book (7) - Gina Andrews (Stuart Edmunds)

2018: Missed Approach (8) - Noel McParlan (Warren Greatrex)

Latest Betting odds:

Measureofmydreams 4/1

Se Mo Loach 23/5

Any Second Now 10/1

Its All Guesswork 12/1

Speaker Connolly 12/1

No Comment 12/1

Kilfilum Cross 14/1

Just A Sting 16/1

Sky Pirate 18/1

Touch Kick 18/1

22/1 bar

You can back Livelovelaugh (E/W) at 22/1.

By Neil Morris

Published on: 14/03/2019

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (14/03/2019 11:55:37) but are subject to change.